United Arab of Emirates Country Notebook

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United Arab of Emirates
Country Notebook Presented to Dr. Shahira El Alfy

Prepared by:
Mohamed Ibrahim Osama
Mosher Ismail
Ahmed El-Mohamady
Hesham Mostafa
Eslsca 36 – Global Management

I. Cultural Analysis:
Identification of the Emirates History:
The United Arab Emirates (UAE) consists of the seven emirates, which are: Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah, Ras Al-Khaimah, Ajman, Umm Al-Qaiwain, and Fujairah. They were united as a federal state on 2 December 1971 and formed the so called “United Arab Emirates”. Before the discovery of oil and establishment of the oil economy in the early 1960s, two main orientations shaped traditional local culture: the nomadic
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The family is the most important social institution in the United Arab Emirates encompassing grandparents, uncles, aunts, cousins, etc as well as the immediate nuclear family unit. Relationships with these extended families are strong and respect is accorded to the elder members.
1-Nuclear Family & Extended Family
The traditional household unit of the extended family has been undermined. The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is trending towards nuclear family; over 80% of Emirati couples live as nuclear families in their homes. Large families are encouraged by the Emirates as a national policy; family size is six to eight children. Although extended families are not living in the same home, they frequently live in the same neighborhood to keep in contact. Families in the United Arab Emirates are also known to have maids from Asian countries and not from the Gulf States to take care of cleaning duties. 2- Dynamics of the Family a- Parental Roles:
The husband 's authority is declining, while the wife is gaining importance as a mother and the manager of the domestic Family affaires. Taking care of the family and raising children is the main job for Emirati women. Only 6% of Emirati women are in the workforce, meaning their main concentration lies at home with children and extended family. When women do enter the workforce, they are usually in jobs that do not consist of many men. The families of UAE are slowly

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